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Deep Ecology in Action: A Cross-Cultural Series of Case Studies on the Conservation Efforts of Monks and Religious Leaders in India, Mongolia, and Thailand

Jackson, Timothy Ryan (2009) Deep Ecology in Action: A Cross-Cultural Series of Case Studies on the Conservation Efforts of Monks and Religious Leaders in India, Mongolia, and Thailand. Undergraduate Thesis, University of Pittsburgh.

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    Abstract

    Deep ecology is a relatively new branch of study which combines different fields of knowledge such as philosophy, religion, and sociology, on the one hand, with environmental studies, on the other. The basic premise of deep ecology is the interconnectedness of all life and consequently, a concern for the ecological well-being of our planet, which is increasingly threatened by the impact of modern human lifestyles. Recently, there has been a lot of recent attention given to deep ecology movements in Asia. However, these studies often lack the interdisciplinary background in science necessary to assess a real ecological impact. This study is based on a series of case studies was conducted in India, Mongolia, and Thailand across a variety of faiths and locations. By investigating specific cases across cultures and religions and drawing comparisons between the impacts of minority religions and majority religions, the true environmental potential and value of deep ecology movements is analyzed.


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    Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
    ETD Committee:
    ETD Committee TypeCommittee MemberEmail
    Committee ChairBakic-Hayden, Milicarees140@pitt.edu
    Committee MemberChapple, Christopher Keycchapple@lmu.edu
    Committee MemberChilson, Clarkchilson@pitt.edu
    Committee MemberRoberts, Laurellaurelb@pitt.edu
    Title: Deep Ecology in Action: A Cross-Cultural Series of Case Studies on the Conservation Efforts of Monks and Religious Leaders in India, Mongolia, and Thailand
    Status: Unpublished
    Abstract: Deep ecology is a relatively new branch of study which combines different fields of knowledge such as philosophy, religion, and sociology, on the one hand, with environmental studies, on the other. The basic premise of deep ecology is the interconnectedness of all life and consequently, a concern for the ecological well-being of our planet, which is increasingly threatened by the impact of modern human lifestyles. Recently, there has been a lot of recent attention given to deep ecology movements in Asia. However, these studies often lack the interdisciplinary background in science necessary to assess a real ecological impact. This study is based on a series of case studies was conducted in India, Mongolia, and Thailand across a variety of faiths and locations. By investigating specific cases across cultures and religions and drawing comparisons between the impacts of minority religions and majority religions, the true environmental potential and value of deep ecology movements is analyzed.
    Date: 30 April 2009
    Date Type: Completion
    Defense Date: 10 April 2009
    Approval Date: 30 April 2009
    Submission Date: 17 April 2009
    Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
    Patent pending: No
    Institution: University of Pittsburgh
    Thesis Type: Undergraduate Thesis
    Refereed: Yes
    Degree: BPhil - Bachelor of Philosophy
    URN: etd-04172009-133146
    Uncontrolled Keywords: deep ecology; environmentalism; India; Mongolia; Thailand
    Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Religious Studies
    University Honors College
    Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 14:38
    Last Modified: 08 May 2012 13:01
    Other ID: http://etd.library.pitt.edu/ETD/available/etd-04172009-133146/, etd-04172009-133146

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